Nicoll, Robert (M)

b. 1814. d. 7 December 1837. Nationality: Scottish. VIAF.
Working-class poet, writing in Scots and English. Born in Tullybelton, Perthshire. His father was a farmer, and then a day labourer, and his mother a saleswoman. Nicoll went to school in the winter and worked with a herd of cattle in the summer. Was apprenticed at age sixteen to a grocer and wine merchant in Perth until 1832, after which he moved to Edinburgh and met Robert Gilfillan and Robert Chambers and began to publish. Moved to Dundee and was involved in liberal politics and established a circulating library. Became editor of the *Leeds Times* in 1836, and married Alice Souter (Suter) on 9 December 1836. Unwell with tuberculosis, he returned from Leeds to Edinburgh for his health, but died in Edinburgh shortly afterwards. Author of *Poems and Lyrics* (1835). Biographical information: *ODNB*. (AC)

Poems associated with this person

Total poems: 8
Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
The Spinning-Wheel 1835-12-19 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3358
Wild Flowers 1837-01-14 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3444
The Hero 1840-05-02 The Chartist Circular Poet 30
Thoughts of Heaven 1842-06-04 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5328
The Nameless Rivulet 1842-06-04 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5329
Wild Flowers 1843-09-09 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5385
We Are Brethren A’ 1843-11-25 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5394
The Questioner—A Chant 1845-09-13 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5838